Mosquito breeding to be checked year round

Health minister A K Walia, on Monday directed that in order to exercise more effective control and better management of dengue, 3,400 Domestic Breeding Checkers (DBCs) engaged by the East, North and South Municipal Corporations will now continue to carry out inspection throughout the year.

At the moment, the check is being done only for eight months, from April to November.

Delhi government has also provided an additional fund of Rs 5 crore to be released to the three municipal corporations of Delhi so that they could continue the work the entire year.

The DBCs of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will also henceforth work throughout the year.

Walia was reviewing the situation at a meeting with senior health officials to make first hand assessment of the dengue and other vector borne and communicable diseases, including malaria, H1N1, chikungunya and Japanese encephalitis.

The health minister felt that there is a need for further training of DBCs, especially in view of checking breeding of ‘mother foci’ of aedes mosquitoes comprising surface, overhead and underground water tanks.

National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) will also jointly provide training to the DBCs from the first week of December this year.

An official said, ‘The training module will be developed by NCDC and it will help DBCs to upgrade their skills and keep pace with new trends.’

During the discussions with health officials, it emerged that there is an acute need to create public awareness with regard to mosquito breeding. Walia directed officials concerned to use SMSes to reach a wider audience with regard to steps to be taken for prevention and control of dengue. About 60 lakh SMSes will be sent from Tuesday.
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